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Army August 30, 2012
Lt Cari Butler, US Army
WHERE once Australian or other
coalition force mentoring teams
provided training to the Afghan
National Security Forces (ANSF),
now the Afghans are doing it
Afghan National Army Sgt Wakil
Ahammad is making history as one
of the first instructors for the newly
developed ANSF Mobile Training
Team operating in the Mirabad
Valley region of Uruzgan province.
The new concept is seen as an
important part of the ongoing tran-
sition of security from coalition
forces to the ANSF in Uruzgan.
The Mobile Training Team deliv-
ers training to members of both
the Afghan National Army and the
Afghan National Police.
Sgt Wakil has previously been
mentored by Australian forces and is
passionate about his new role.
"I became an instructor to teach
my comrades so in the future they
will help their country and provide
security for Afghanistan and their
people," he said.
The Mobile Training Team coor-
dinates with members of the 3RAR
Task Group in the Mirabad Valley,
where Lt Joseph Carman, of 3RAR,
leads the mentoring effort.
"The team consists of Afghan
soldiers and policemen selected by
their commanders to receive instruc-
tor training so they can push out to
checkpoints and patrol bases," Lt
"They're developing a capability
here in the Mirabad Valley region
that sees ANSF colleagues training
"The ANSF training team
instructors have received training
in several core areas that have been
identified by their commanders."
Those areas are marksmanship,
basic search skills, basic navigation
and first aid.
"They are very much focusing on
skill sets that will ensure the surviv-
al of their soldiers and police offic-
ers out here deployed in this area,"
Lt Carman said.
"Importantly, they are training
them up as instructors so that once
the coalition forces move on from
these areas there is a capability here
that can carry on their work."
With the ever-looming IED
threat in Afghanistan, the mobile
training teams are critical in training
the soldiers and police at the base
"The insurgents are putting IEDs
in the roads and some are detonat-
ing on the local Afghan vehicles
as well as the ANA and ANP," Sgt
"We need to learn a lot about
IEDs in Afghanistan since most of
the ANA and ANP are killed because
of IEDs. I teach them about the dif-
ferent kinds of IEDS, and how to
find and safely dispose of them.
"I think the ANA and ANP stu-
dents are very intelligent -- they are
learning and I like that when I am
teaching something they are asking
questions about it.
"The transition is happening in
Afghanistan. After this the ANSF
will be responsible for their country
and will take care of their country
and will be responsible for provid-
Lt Carman said the close rela-
tionship between the ANA and ANP
was obvious and a benefit to the
"ANSF have responded very
well. I think they enjoy the interac-
tion between themselves and their
instructors and they appreciate the
fact that it's their ANSF colleagues
delivering the training," he said.
"The relationship between the
ANA and ANP has been essential in
getting this program off the ground
and without a strong working rela-
tionship between commanders at
all levels, this program wouldn't
have the support that it does and it
wouldn't have achieved the success
that it has."
Mobile teams launched featuring local instructors
Training his own: ANA Sgt Wakil Ahammad instructs Afghan soldiers and
police in the use of a metal detector at Patrol Base Musazi.
Photos by Cpl Hamish Paterson
and Luke Jones,
of the 3RAR
as they practise
the disposal of
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